Additive Talks: Personalized medicine with 3D Printing & Robotic Surgery, where are we?

A few weeks ago, we sat down with Henry Pinchbeck, and Jan Wolff to discussPersonalized medicine with 3D Printing & Robotic Surgery”.

Pinchbeck is the founder and the CEO of medical technology company 3D LifePrints, and brought around this table its expertise in 3D printing.

Jan Wolff, maxillofacial surgeon, professor of computer-aided dentistry and surgery at the Department of Dentistry and Oral Health and of section manager at the Section of Maxillofacial Surgery and Oral Pathology brought around this table its expertise in robotics.

The panel ambitioned to separate the wheat from the chaff by discussing how 3D printing technologies can enhance medical procedures with particular focus on, robotic surgery.

Key questions discussed include:

  •  the different fields of activity or medical cases where it can make sense to combine robotic surgery and 3D printing;
  • the rising usage of 3D printing in increasingly automated surgical tasks – Wolff highlighted here a few R&D projects that could lead to a more in-depth usage of robotics in surgical procedures;
  • the main factors to consider when choosing a robotic tool for surgery;
  • the share of challenges that may occur in such operation;
  • the cost consideration.

The panel has been reinforced by a number of questions from the audience that were keen to learn how these technological advancements could be applied in their respective professional environment.

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